Robed in scarlet and seated in the front row – seat number 8 – when collecting my seat card I was asked “Do you mean number 08?” by the helpful assistant at the desk. Yes, this time I am not number 289 or sitting among the sea of black gowns in the middle of the hall. Am I really here? The years of hard work, hours of doubt, tears of frustration and many conversations with the best supervisor I could ever have hoped for, have brought me to this moment.
“For Healing and Transformation”
A feminist ecclesiological study on the gap between gender policy and practice in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA)
Then it is my turn – my supervisor reads out the citation of my thesis and my degree is conferred! It has been accomplished!
Now the hard work actually begins. Can the gender policies of the MCSA be implemented effectively? Only time will tell.